No worries, seat distribution among Opposition will be resolved, says Hajiji

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  • Saturday, 22 Aug 2020

Datuk Hajiji Noor (second left) beating the gong to officially open the Bersatu Tuaran division conference on Saturday (Aug 22).

TUARAN: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chief Datuk Hajiji Noor says seat distribution issues among opposition partners will be solved and announced before nomination day on Sept 12.

The incumbent Sulaman assemblyman also said there was no need to worry over reports that Sabah Umno wanted to contest all the seats they were allotted in the 2014 general election, including Hajiji’s seat which was contested under Umno ticket.

“I have met with Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (Sabah Umno chairman) several times.

"The meetings went well. We are using our wisdom to think about what would be best for this coming election.

“I'm confident we will solve it before nomination day, so do not worry. We in Bersatu have a win-win approach.

"We cannot take all or as many seats (as we would like) as we need to consider the interest of our partners and allies.

“We have no problem with cooperating with Umno and other partners. What is important is winning in the coming elections,” said Hajiji, the Tuaran Bersatu division chief.

He said this to reporters after officiating at the party’s Tuaran division conference on Saturday (Aug 22).

Hajiji said he would be attending a meeting next week between Perikatan Nasional and other partners in Barisan Nasional to decide on seat allocation and other election-related matters.

“We are still discussing whether to use one logo (for the state polls),” he said when asked on the possibility of using the BN logo for the coming election.

On another question, he said Sabah Bersatu had been given the autonomy by party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to decide on candidates, as well as where they wish to stand.

“But, of course, on every important matter, we will refer to him (Muhyiddin) for advice,” he added.

Earlier in his speech when opening the conference, Hajiji claimed the caretaker state government led by Parti Warisan Sabah did not have a clear direction, and this led to a major drop in Sabah's gross domestic product (GDP).

He said the economy growth in Sabah had dropped from 8.2% in 2017 to 1.5% in 2018 and 0.5% in 2019, which was the lowest ever recorded.

“That is why we want to take over the state government so that focus can be given to the welfare of the people, especially the underprivileged and those living in rural areas,” said Hajiji.
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